Arizona ranked No. 19, Kentucky No. 1 in latest basketball Top 25
The latest Associated Press college basketball Top 25 has the Arizona Wildcats ranked 19th in the country after being 21st a week ago.
Arizona is the second-highest of four ranked Pac-12 teams. Oregon (2-0) is ranked 14th. Washington (20) and Colorado (25) are also ranked.
Arizona State received no votes.
Arizona is 2-0 after beating Northern Arizona 91-52 in the season-opener on Wednesday. On Sunday, Arizona took down Illinois 90-69. Both of those games were at home.
Meanwhile, Kentucky is back in a familiar position under John Calipari: No. 1.
Kentucky rose one spot after winning a 1-vs-2 matchup with Michigan State to open the season in the Champions Classic, followed by an easy win against Eastern Kentucky. It earned 64 of 65 first-place votes in Monday’s poll to finish ahead of No. 2 Duke.
It marks the first time Kentucky (2-0) has reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 since spending two weeks there early in the 2016-17 season.
Yet it’s the seventh of Calipari’s 11 seasons that the Wildcats have spent at least one week atop the AP Top 25. That includes 10 weeks during the 2011-12 season on the way to the national championship and a start-to-finish stay in 2014-15 as the Wildcats carried an unbeaten record to the Final Four, where they lost to Wisconsin.
Here’s the rest of the latest AP Top 25:
3. Michigan State
6. North Carolina
11. Texas Tech
12. Seton Hall
16. Ohio State
17. Utah State
18. Saint Mary’s
The Associated Press contributed to this report.